BERLIN — Four young men have gone on trial over the brazen theft of a 100-kilogram Canadian gold coin from a Berlin museum.The “Big Maple Leaf” coin, worth several million dollars, was stolen from the Bode Museum in March 2017.Three men, identified only as Wissam R., Ahmed R. and Wayci R., are accused of stealing the coin during the night using a wheelbarrow to haul it away.The fourth suspect, Dennis W., worked as a guard at the museum for a private security firm and is accused of scouting out the scene.German news agency dpa reported the four men, aged between 20 and 24 years, went on trial Thursday in Berlin district court.Investigators believe that the suspects cut up the coin and sold the pieces.The Associated Press
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A Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) mobile court led by its executive magistrate Moshiur Rahman has fined Tk 200,000 to three restaurants in city’s Farmgate area for preserving and selling unhygienic food items, reports news agency BSS.”Of the restaurants, Chandrima Restaurant and Mini Chinese was fined Tk 100,000, Kasturi Chayanir and Thai Chinese Restaurant and New Star Kebab were fined Tk 50 thousand each yesterday,” a DMP release said.The activities of DMP’s mobile courts against food adulteration, preserving and selling unhygienic foods throughout the capital in the holy month of Ramadan are being lauded by the city dwellers.DMP has promised to continue the activities of its mobile courts in this regard.
British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks during a press conference. Photo: AFPBritish Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday is expected to say she favours a clean break from the European Union, dismissing a “half-in, half-out” Brexit deal with Brussels.In a highly-anticipated speech, May is likely to give further signals that Britain is heading to what analysts call a “hard” Brexit.That direction will be cheered by those who want to leave the EU, but dismay those who fear the impact on Britain’s economy.“Not partial membership of the European Union, associate membership of the European Union, or anything that leaves us half-in, half-out,” the prime minister is due to say on Tuesday, according to an extract of her speech circulated in advance to the media by Downing Street.“We do not seek to adopt a model already enjoyed by other countries. We do not seek to hold on to bits of membership as we leave,” she will add.The speech will take place late morning at Lancaster House, a central London mansion that is a showcase for diplomatic functions and major announcements.It will be dissected for every detail about May’s Brexit strategy, after months of uncertainty.May has repeated a “Brexit means Brexit” mantra-on one occasion replaced with her call for a “red, white and blue Brexit”-while claiming outlining the government’s aims in any detail would give Brussels the upper hand in negotiations.But recent indicators suggest Britain is heading towards a full break from the EU which entails leaving the single market in order to have full control over immigration.Downing Street has repeatedly said it wants to secure the best deal for the British economy while allowing for cuts to immigration.But the EU has been clear that single market access is dependent on allowing the free movement of people.The prospect of a “hard” Brexit has hit sterling.In early trading on Monday, the British currency plunged to $1.1986, its lowest level since October’s “flash crash” that had sent it to a 31-year low of $1.1841. It clawed back some of its losses by early afternoon, to $1.2047.Trump and trade dealBritain’s Finance minister Philip Hammond adopted a tough line on Sunday, warning that Britain might undercut the EU economically in order to remain competitive if it faces EU tariffs.Hammond said he wanted Britain to remain a “recognisably European-style economy with European-style taxation systems, European-style regulation systems.”However, London would have to change course “if we are forced”, in order to “regain competitiveness”, he told Germany’s Welt am Sonntag newspaper on Sunday.In recent weeks, May raised the possibility of a transitional deal with Brussels to ease Britain’s departure from the bloc, a position supported by Bank of England governor Mark Carney.Britain’s post-EU prospects were given a verbal boost on Sunday by US President-elect Donald Trump, who said he favoured a quick trade deal with the UK.But a fast-track bilateral deal with Washington will be difficult in practical terms.Under EU rules Britain cannot sign trade deals with third party states until it is formally outside the bloc, a position which does not change despite the UK voting to leave.A two-year negotiating period is foreseen in EU legislation for any country choosing to leave the 28-member bloc, a process which starts by triggering Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty.May has promised to formally launch Brexit talks by the end of March and the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has said there should be an agreement in place ahead of the European Parliament elections in 2019.But even if the prime minister’s plan outlined on Tuesday wins widespread support, legal challenges could still scupper her Brexit timetable.Britain’s Supreme Court is due to rule later this month on whether May must seek parliamentary approval before triggering Article 50, which could delay the start of Brexit negotiations.
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February 22, 2011 11 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global This story appears in the March 2011 issue of . Subscribe » You know the clunky, unsightly cash register occupying all that real estate in your place of business? Say goodbye. It’s now a paperweight–a fossil, a relic of a bygone era where cash and plastic reigned supreme. The future of point-of-sale transaction processing lies in the mobile phone, the one thing your customers carry with them wherever they go–the one thing they absolutely never leave home without.Merchants have heard this prognostication before, of course. Pundits have forecasted the emergence of mobile wallets for roughly a decade. The tech sector has promised–but failed to deliver–a secure, alternative payment system that would accelerate the transaction process, increase customer spending and streamline operations. The kind of system that would be a godsend for verticals like quick-service restaurants and convenience stores. But mobile commerce always failed to take off.This time, though, things look different. (Really.) For starters, consumers are showing far more interest in making purchases using their mobile devices. Close to half of U.S. smartphone owners have either used their devices for mobile shopping or plan to do so in the imminent future, according to a survey conducted by ABI Research. Americans spent more than $3.4 billion on mobile shopping in 2010, up from $1.9 billion the previous year, the report says–and it predicts that online shopping will yield $163 billion in worldwide sales by 2015, representing 12 percent of total global e-commerce turnover.Credit the growth in part to exploding smartphone penetration. More subscribers than ever now carry the kind of cutting-edge devices necessary to make payments on the go.Sales of smartphones like Apple’s iPhone and handsets running Google’s Android mobile operating system represented 45 percent of all new U.S. mobile device purchases in November 2010, according to The Nielsen Company. Smartphone users now make up 31 percent of the total American wireless subscriber segment.The companies that provide mobile service are going all in on mobile commerce, too. Three of the four largest U.S. mobile operators are joining forces to launch Isis, a nationwide mobile transaction network rolling out with support from the likes of Discover Financial Services and Barclaycard US that promises to dramatically streamline the way businesses accept mobile payments. And a wave of other mobile payment options is emerging that will further simplify and secure shopping across the digital sphere.But consumer demand for mobile commerce and investment by the mobile industry mean nothing if retailers, restaurateurs and other small business owners don’t also commit to a mobile payment environment. And those businesses are poised to reap the greatest rewards. Beyond boosting transaction speed, security and convenience, mobile commerce also can create new opportunities for customer interaction–like coupons, promotional offers, appointment reminders and other incentives.Read on to learn about the innovation that will usher your business into the m-commerce era.The formation of Isis heralds a new age of payment options for merchants and consumersBuy and CellThe formation of Isis heralds a new age of payment options for merchants and consumersIn a sense, Isis is itself a startup that is helping make mobile commerce a reality for small businesses everywhere. It happens to have some heavyweight help behind it–which is why Isis has such a tremendous chance at succeeding.Isis is a nationwide mobile commerce network spawned in late 2010 that has the potential to connect 200 million wireless subscribers across the country with merchants equipped to accept mobile payments from their customers. It can do that because Isis is backed by Verizon Wireless, AT&T and T-Mobile USA–three of the four largest U.S. mobile operators in the U.S.Isis CEO Michael Abbott”There have been a lot of science experiments in this space, but you need scale and commitment to truly ignite innovation,” says Isis CEO Michael Abbott, a financial services veteran who was chief marketing officer of GE Capital before he signed on to helm Isis. Abbott calls his company “kind of a startup, but with three huge partners.””Merchants need to know that mobile payments are here,” he says. “We’re giving them the scale and commitment necessary to move forward.”The service Isis offers is simple: It will allow consumers to make purchases by swiping their microchip-equipped smartphones at corresponding reader units located at participating retailers. The process relies on something called near field communications, or NFC, which enables secure communications between two electronic devices in close proximity (about 4 inches apart).Isis also is building out its contactless payment platform in collaboration with Discover Financial Services, whose payment network is accepted at more than 7 million merchant locations nationwide. Few startups get a better start than that.The future of Isis hinges on building out NFC’s retail footprint and mindshare. Abbott welcomes the challenge.”I like to take raw materials to mold and create new things,” says the one-time electrical engineering student at Columbia University, who dedicates his free time to woodworking. “The idea is to bring [Isis] to every phone, and to give something to consumers that simplifies their lives. For that to happen, we have to be open to all merchants, all wireless carriers and all banks. That means we need a standard everyone can use. NFC technology is nothing new–there’s nothing that needs to be reinvented. [Point-of-sale] terminals and readers are already in stores.”Isis isn’t the only entity backing near field communications to connect merchants and customers. Handset maker Nokia has pledged to support NFC in all new smartphone models introduced this year. And Google announced late last year that NFC integration is included in the updated version of its Android mobile operating system.Research firm iSuppli anticipates worldwide shipments of mobile devices with built-in NFC capabilities will increase to 220.1 million units in 2014, up from 52.6 million in 2010. Perhaps most significant, contactless readers are already deployed in more than 100,000 U.S. merchant locations across the U.S.”The consensus in all markets is that contactless payments are going to evolve over NFC,” says James Anderson, vice president of mobile for MasterCard. “People believe that’s the right technology.”Isis is slated to roll out consumer trials in key geographic markets this year and into 2012. Barclaycard US is expected to be the first issuer on the network, offering multiple mobile payment products.But Abbott is already thinking far past mobile payments. In his mind, Isis will not only render cash, credit and debit cards obsolete, but also allow merchants to replace loyalty cards, coupons, event tickets and transit passes.Big Moves For Small PaymentsDon’t be fooled. Just because they’re called micropayments doesn’t mean the revenue opportunity is insignificant.Perhaps no company has made more real money selling virtual goods than social gaming giant Zynga, which reports that in-game digital transactions–for example, crops and livestock purchased by FarmVille players–account for roughly 90 percent of its annual revenues, a windfall of about $450 million in 2010.Zynga’s breakout success is all the more remarkable given the struggles that have long faced traditional publishers and media providers looking to monetize their content on the web. It’s been a different story on mobile phones, however. The days when subscribers routinely forked over a few bucks for a 15-second monophonic ringtone are over. In the current smartphone era, half of all iPhone owners download a premium application to their device each month. Mobile subscribers consistently exhibit their willingness to make small, impulse purchases on the go–a trend buoyed by the simplicity and efficiency of charging the transaction to their monthly wireless bill.New payment options that create viable alternatives to traditional cash and credit transactions will make mobile micropayments even easier. In late October, AT&T launched a mobile payment trial enabling its 93 million U.S. subscribers to charge music, movies and virtual goods directly to their monthly bill by entering their mobile number instead of their credit card or PayPal account information. AT&T rolled out the program in partnership with no fewer than three rival mobile payment solutions startups: BilltoMobile, Boku and Zong.”Isis is not just about putting mobile payment services on your phone, but delivering one simple, integrated solution that brings all your paper and plastic together,” he says. “We can create value in a lot of ways. For example, when you leave a store, a merchant can send a promotional offer to your phone, and it’s sitting there the next time you come back. It’s going to be a lot of hard work, but we have the scale and the support to finally catalyze the market.””Mobile payments enable you to reach a segment you can’t reach with credit cards and PayPal,” says Ron Hirson, Boku co-founder and senior vice president of marketing and business development. “Customers don’t always know their credit card information, but with Boku, you only have to enter your 10-digit mobile number. Mobile also allows you to reach people who can’t pay any other way, especially in emerging markets. Now merchants can sell to people they couldn’t before.”How many more people? Consider that there are roughly 177 million credit card holders in the U.S., compared with about 293 million wireless subscribers nationwide, or roughly 93 percent of the total American population. With international wireless subscribers surpassing the 5 billion milestone in late 2010, it’s no surprise that the global mobile payments market–including purchases of digital and physical goods as well as money transfers and point-of-sale transactions–is expected to explode from $170 billion in 2010 to almost $630 billion in 2014, according to Juniper Research.That growth depends on a solution that makes sense for consumers, mobile providers and merchants alike. Although the AT&T trial will go far in separating the contenders from the pretenders, on paper BilltoMobile, Boku and Zong offer similar solutions.BilltoMobile inked a deal with Verizon Wireless last March (between that and the AT&T partnership, the startup now has access to 65 percent of U.S. wireless subscribers). BilltoMobile’s Direct Mobile Billing service offers a secure two-step payment process requiring only seconds to complete: To make an online buy, consumers select BilltoMobile as their payment option, choose their wireless carrier and enter their mobile number and ZIP code. BilltoMobile transmits a pass code via text message, and once the code is successfully entered in the transaction window, the purchase is complete.”We provide a financial-grade system to the carrier, leveraging their existing billing model,” says Jim Greenwell, BilltoMobile president and CEO. “We’re not going to displace credit cards. Our model is about offering digital merchants greater incremental revenue.”Zong’s international operator partners include T-Mobile, Vodafone, Orange and O2. The firm is also the mobile payments provider for Facebook Credits and other social gaming and digital platforms. Like BilltoMobile, its solution incorporates a PIN code to authenticate a transaction.”The most important thing to a consumer is convenience,” says David Marcus, Zong founder and CEO. “That’s why we’re focused on mobile–there’s an enormous opportunity to increase convenience.”Boku–which boasts partnerships with 220 mobile providers in more than 60 countries–tweaks the formula: Instead of a code, consumers reply with a “Y” for “Yes” in response to its text-based purchase authorization. “What we’re doing doesn’t require consumers to upgrade their phone,” Hirson says. “We reach everyone on the web.”AT&T’s commitment to nurturing mobile micropayment options extends beyond marketing the BilltoMobile, Boku and Zong services. In conjunction with the partnership, the operator also agreed to reduce its cut of transaction revenues. In the past, carriers often claimed between 40 percent and 50 percent of digital media sales billed on their networks; terms of the AT&T deal are unknown (the company declined an interview request) but are said to be substantially more favorable to its technology partners and merchants. (BilltoMobile, Boku and Zong all take a small transaction fee on each purchase as well.)The growth of mobile micropayments depends on everyone in the value chain continuing to work together, BilltoMobile’s Greenwell says. After all, everyone stands to gain.”For now the focus is on digital goods, and from there it will move to nondigital goods. Eventually, mobile will evolve as a second-nature payment mechanism for all transactions under $100,” he says. “There’s nothing magical about this. It’s a simple model that benefits everyone. 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Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailMotorway police have explained why they closed the M6 motorway during a ‘major incident’ last night (Wednesday January 9). Police shut the carriageway in both directions between junction 15 and junction 16 after stopping a lorry carrying 27 migrants near Keele Services on the northbound carriageway. The southbound carriageway was also shut as emergency services detained and assessed the group. Officers from the Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) have today explained why it was necessary to shut the entire motorway – and say they had intelligence to suggest there was a second lorry carrying migrants. A CMPG spokesman said: “A lot of questions why we didn’t take the lorry into the services. Read MoreInvestigation as THIRTY decapitated birds – including ducks and pigeons – dumped next to public footpath in Stoke-on-Trent “At the time we didn’t know which lorry it was and due to the immediate risk to life we had to start searching all lorries in that section which was after Keele Services. “We also had further information there was a second lorry but no details on which lorry it was. This lorry wasn’t found. We apologise for the delays and inconvenience but the actions we necessary. “Southbound was closed due to some of the 27 running away across the SB from the NB. Due to the potential of a second lorry we could not risk that happening again and a serious collision occurring.” Read MoreFacebook users warned over hoax message saying their private information is going to be made public TOMORROW Highways England first reported police were dealing with an ‘incident’ on the motorway at around 4pm – with the lorry containing the 27 people being stopped at around 5.45pm. The motorway was then closed until around 9.30pm, with hundreds of motorists trapped in the closure – including hundreds of Burton Albion fans attempting to travel to watch their team play Manchester City. A 42-year-old man remains in custody following the incident, Staffordshire Police confirmed this morning. The migrants, none of whom were seriously injured, were given a medical assessment and transferred to be interviewed by immigration officials. Four of those detained told officials they were under 18-years-old and are now being cared for by Staffordshire County Council. Read MoreStoke-on-Trent woman with ‘pattern for getting pregnant’ has children taken into care Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive .